HOUSTON – On Thursday, 21st July, 2016 Houston saw some hard core fans of Thalaiva queued outside the theaters for the screening of Superstar Rajnikanth’s new release KABALI. It has been a while since the viewers have seen the Superstar appearing in a don avatar and the dazzling teaser had created an impression all across the globe. The first day first show in Houston began with a huge celebration organized by Houston Desi Friends & US Desi Gals – two major social media WhatsApp groups in Houston & Radio Hungama, first Telugu radio in Houston.
Houston Desi Friends group with 3000 members on WhatsApp and Facebook is a brain child of Kishore Ramaraju who brought all the Indians in Houston to a common platform. This non-profit group conducts seminars on immigration, finance, digital marketing, college education on a monthly basis. US Desi Gals is a WhatsApp based group founded by Kavitha Vijay with an intention of sharing info, deals, events in and around Houston amongst the Indian women community & help in empowering them.
The event witnessed hundreds of audiences who had come for watching the movie. The event was sponsored by Deep Foods, Cinegalaxy Inc & Fun Asia, Carmike Theatres, Radio Hungama, Hot Breads Houston, United Real Estates, Pepon Inc., TV9 & NTV. The program had fun filled games and contests wherein the Thalaiva fans created a buzz and won Kabali T-shirts and gift hampers from Deep Foods. The eye stealer of the show was the dance performance by US DESI GALS dance team to the tunes of famous Rajini songs. The dance was choreographed in a short notice of time & performed by a group of US DESI GALS members who are not professional dancers but had a passion for dancing. Thalaiva fans also tapped their feet to the tunes of “Neruppu da” along with the dance team. Sridhar Dadi, owner of Radio Hungama enthralled the whole crowd with his wit . The show ended with the cake cutting ceremony by the sponsors and an open flash mob.